Ronan McKay, Ulster Fundraising Coordinator, The Special Olympics Ireland informed the Club that the Special Olympics which has become a global movement serving more than 3.7 million people with intellectual disabilities in more than 180 countries, changing lives and attitudes, were started by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968 when she convened the first Games at Soldier Field Chicago.
At Monday's meeting Norma Sinte, Head of Development and Alumni Relations, Queens University Belfast, was inducted as a member of the Club.
Sponsored by PP Gordon Millington, she was also welcomed and presented with her pin by District Govenor Jack Cunningham, who was officially visiting the Club with his wife Maisie. (report please click here)
Recent guest speaker Ken Gibson from the International Fund for Ireland pointed out that this year’s Rotary International theme – Peace through Service – perfectly reflected their own ethos.
Shown (centre) with President Alan (right) and PP Albert Baird, he gave a detailed account of the setting up of the Fund.
A highly infectious disease, polio causes paralysis and is sometimes fatal and is still active in several countries of the world.
Rotary has, since 1985, had a mission to eradicate this disease and this latest Campaign was started in 2009 by a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donation of $250m with a challenge for Rotary International to raise a matching $200m. All Rotary clubs were challenged to help achieve the $200m target and as a result of worldwide fundraising Rotary Clubs had raised over $225m by end June 2012, a figure which is growing.
The Rotary Club of Belfast has been helping Rotary International in its goal to raise money to rid the world of the scourge of Polio. In the last 5 years The Rotary Club of Belfast has raised almost $60,000 for Rotary International’s End Polio Now Campaign to rid the world of Polio by immunisation. This is the highest Rotary International individual Club contribution in Great Britain & Ireland.
The Club has recently received several mentions in Rotary publications.
In the last 55 months The Rotary Club of Belfast has contributed $41,855.53 to RI’s End Polio Now Campaign which is the highest individual Club contribution in Rotary International in GB & Ireland.
In 2009, following a donation of $250m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary International was challenged to raise a matching $200m in the End Polio Now Challenge to eradicate Polio worldwide. All RI clubs were thus challenged to achieve the $200m target to raise at least $6,000 before June 2012.
Rotary Clubs worldwide raised over $225m by end June 2012. In District 1160, $512,748.12 was raised which exceeded the District target by $68,000.
The Rotary Club of Belfast’s contribution of $41,855.53 is the highest RIBI Club contribution to End Polio Now and this figure does not include the substantial funds of approx. $17,000 raised at the Charity Garden Party held in June 2012.
President Alan and Fleur were joined by 5 members and partners at the District 1160 Annual Conference held in Galway 05-07 October 2012.
It was an excellent weekend of speakers and Rotary business but most of all, great fellowship.
A full Conference report can be seen here.
At the conference The Rotary Club of Belfast were honoured to receive 2 District Awards:
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